The long-awaited - and much-delayed - follow-up to Dexys Midnight
Runners' classic 1985 album "Don't Stand Me Down" has finally been released. "One Day I'm Going
To Soar", a collection of songs composed over the last twenty years, signals the return of Kevin Rowland and former
band members Mick Talbot, Pete Williams, Jim Paterson, Lucy Morgan and Neil Hubbard (alongside new recruit, Madeleine
Hyland) under the now-shortened name of "Dexys". The songs which chart Rowland's childhood memories through
to his failed attempts at love and a displaced sense of national identity are, as previously promised in interviews, "lyrically
autobiographical" while, musically, the songs see Rowland continue his love afair with classic Soul music and, more specifically,
the Memphis sound of Al Green. "One Day I'm Going To Soar" has already been hailed by many as one of the
albums of the year and a fitting addition to Dexys' legacy of work.
1) NOW; 2) LOST; 3) ME; 4) SHE GOT A WIGGLE; 5) YOU; 6) I'M THINKING OF
YOU; 7) I'M ALWAYS GOING TO LOVE YOU; 8) INCAPABLE OF LOVE; 9) NOWHERE IS HOME; 10) FREE; 11) IT'S O.K. JOHN JOE
The long-lost post-Dexys songs of the mighty Kevin Archer finally
found their way to a public release on 18th May 2009! The CD which features the previously unreleased ten-track album
AND nine bonus tracks (including the unreleased 1985 song "Where Do We Go From Here") is also accompanied by a sumptuous
16-page booklet full of info and images (Including a newly-redesigned front cover!)
Featuring at various points on the CD are no less
than NINE ex-Midnight Runners, in the shape of: Kevin Archer, Helen O'Hara, Steve "Brennan" Shaw, Steve
Wynne, Big Jimmy Paterson, Geoff Blythe, Andy Leek, Vince Crane and Mick "Woody" Woodmansey! (...AND former Dexys
producer, Pete Wingfield) so anybody who has been feeling starved of great music lately need look no further!
The full track-listing is:
It Could Have Been Love *; 2. Walking On The Line; 3. Apples & Oranges
(The International Hope Campaign); 4. Bedlam *; 5.
East To West *; 6. She's So Strong *; 7. Gregory Right *; 8. There's No Deceiving You; 9. Thought As Much *;
10. Ballad Of The Blue Ox Babes *; (Bonus tracks:) 11. The Last Detail; 12. Take Me To The River; 13. Pray Lucky; 14. Yes Let's; 15. Four Golden Tongues Talk; 16. What Does Anybody
Ever Think About; 17. Where Do We Go From Here *; 18. Thought As Much (Demo); 19. Russia In Winter
* = previously unreleased
There are also some additional tracks available for download from Cherry Red Records!
After a twenty-seven year gap, The Bureau's much-delayed follow-up
to their 1981 debut album has finally been released! The album entitled "...And Another Thing" features former
Dexys Midnight Runners, Pete Williams, Geoff 'J.B.' Blythe, Steve Spooner, Mick Talbot,
Paul Taylor and Crispin Taylor alongside Archie Brown and Rob Jones with an excellent collection
of soulful new material.
In January 2008 Kevin Rowland spoke to Nigel Williamson of
Uncut Magazine about work on the new Dexys album:
I have it in my head - the lyrics, the music and the
track-listing. I'm in the process of demo-ing the songs with Andy Lewis who's on Acid Jazz and has worked with Paul Weller.
We've just finished the first two songs and there's a version of what will be the final track on the album, "It's OK Johanna"
already on MySpace. It's different from what I've done before. I've never been interested in recreating the past, but it will
be a Dexys album. I don't know when it will be ready or who will play on the record. I want to get everything 100 percent
right, and know that it's the best I can do and every note is there for a reason. Then I'll see who's right for the songs.
If it's a hit album, that would be nice. But that's just a by-product of why I'm doing it. The only way I can be satisfied
is to make the record I'm hearing in my head on my own terms.